I'll be honest.. I do not like toys. Especially cheap toys that last a few days, a week if you are lucky.. However, I do allow some toys in the house.
One of the first things I did was about 5 years ago I sent out a request for no one to buy my children toys unless they are specifically requested. We only allow certain toys here for two reasons. Organization and morals.
The "toy" rules are as follows.
1. No toys in the bedrooms
2. No broken toys allowed
3. No immodest toys or toys that teach an ideology in which we do not agree.
4. No weapons. ( we teach guns are weapons not toys and responsible ways to use guns)
5. New one in, old one out.
Our current system of toy organization is the toys are in the playroom/liitle children's schoolroom.
We have several small totes and I am looking to get new ones and I am investigating creative ideas. But the toys are sorted as follows
2. Wooden Thomas tracks
3. Cars and Trains
5. Baby Toys
6. Army Guys
7. Mr Potato Head ( we love him :o})
Larger toys are on a shelf. Those are also kept to a minimum and most are toddler toys for the two babies
In the girls room they have their dress up clothes, and horses/ponies.
I have also purged books. We have far more books than toys. And, if I haven't already confessed, I am a recovering pack rat. And that is reflected in my book collections.
Adult book collections go in the family room on a bookshelf. Most are historical, political or religious in nature. Informational books. We don't really read novels. Older children's books are kept on a shelf in the school room closet. In the playroom I have a small collection of books and the rest are in storage. I rotate them as needed. Same rules apply to books, ripped books go into the garbage, new ones in old ones out etc.
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